New strainer powers simple fence solution

New strainer powers simple fence solution

1 April 2017

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The humble insulated end strainer is now more robust, easy to use and practical thanks to an innovative new design – which adds years to what is a critical component of any fencing system.

The design of Gallagher’s new insulated end strainer sees it insulate, strain and connect a fence line within one component. It eliminates unnecessary joins, ensures optimal tension levels when straining, and increases insulation by 1.7 times compared to previous models.

Gallagher product manager Graham Johns says the Gallagher designers moved away from the traditional insulator design, and considered input from farmers and fencers who wanted a component that was simple to install, super strong and long lasting, with highly reliable insulation.

“We developed a patented design that includes a frame made of extremely strong, glass reinforced nylon. This has vastly improved the insulating ability by turning the entire body of the strainer into an insulator,” says Graham.

A key innovation in the end strainer’s design is the integrated joint clamp that ensures a direct electrical connection while minimising external joint clamps and the need to twist connecting wires to the fence line – an area where shorts or disconnects can occur.

“Feedback from fencers about poor electrical connection and arcing encouraged Gallagher’s design engineers to devise the new integrated power connection, which streamlined the entire set-up and made paralleling and power delivery a lot simpler,” says Graham.

The problem of insulated strainers with 10 tooth spools either under or over tightening the wire has been eliminated, thanks to a heavy-duty 12 tooth spool that can accommodate up to four millimetre (mm) gauge fence wire.

For farmers in coastal areas, Graham says the insulated end strainer offers a robust solution in what is often a corrosive environment.

“Even if you are not going to electrify the fence, the lower percentage of metal in the strainer’s body makes it an ideal answer to the impact of salt air.”

The new end strainer’s robustness is reinforced with a 10-year warranty, a standard feature with all Gallagher permanent fencing system components.

For more information on the new insulated end strainer, talk to your local TSR or visit your local Fonterra Farm Source store.

Article supplied by Gallagher